WACC invites support for communication initiatives in 2015

By Staff on January 27, 2015


A classroom at Oumoul Mouminina School in Forobaranga, West Darfur, Sudan. Credit: United Nations.

WACC has announced its list of small communications projects worldwide to be supported in 2015. They grouped into four categories: gender and media, digital frontiers, community radio, and rural poverty reporting.

“The ultimate beneficiaries … are people and communities who are denied communication rights. They include the urban and rural poor, women and youth, and marginalized people living in countries where there is little respect for freedom of information and expression,” WACC said in the introduction to the listing of projects, which can be found here.

Each project also lists donation amounts needed to advance its goals, with information on making contributions. Amounts range from 1,000 Euros to 45,000 Euros.

“For most of the world’s people, communication rights remain a vision and an aspiration. Yet they are essential to helping people to express their basic needs. While meeting such needs requires strong political will and the allocation of substantial resources, implementing communication rights strengthens good governance and enables civil society to advocate for fairer policies and greater social justice,” WACC said.

Here are several examples of the 2015 small projects:

In the gender and media category, a group of journalists in Nigeria seeks to reshape how the media presents issues such as domestic violence, human trafficking and rape; a research center in Vietnam wants to give a greater voice to women farmers, and a group in Paraguay wants to change a situation where “the presence of women in the news when it comes to land rights, food security or rural development is practically non-existent.”

Digital frontiers aims to “strengthen the work of civil society organizations at the national level in the use of citizen journalism to advance the democratic participation and active citizenship of marginalized peoples and communities.”

For instance, a group in the Dominican Republic plans to help marginalized people in the country’s interior by offering training in radio production, small format video, photography and human rights in order to strengthen popular communication as an alternative to traditional media.

Community radio links small villages, often in rural areas. In Haiti, an organization seeks to establish a community radio station in Belle Fontaine, in one of the most isolated parts of the country, where “access to information and communication regarding issues of health, education and justice is nonexistent.”

Rural poverty reporting aims to demonstrate how critical media reporting can strengthen the voices of people living in poverty, articulate their concerns and perspectives and enhance the effectiveness of actions aimed at addressing poverty and inequalities.

In Senegal, the Inter-African Network for Women, Media, Gender and Development will tackle the problem of how news and information about poverty are dealt with by the mass media. It will measure how questions related to poverty are picked up by African media and how they are treated.

More information on the 2015 small projects and other projects in recent years is here.


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